Australian attempt to censor child porn, violence against woman, bestiality and other offensive material on internet

Internet sites that feature acts of child pornography, violence against women, bestiality and detailed instruction of crime or drug use will be blocked from reaching Australian users under controversial legislation backed by Communications Minister Stephen Conroy.Legislation to be introduced next year will require internet service providers to implement a mandatory filter that will block all overseas and locally hosted internet content that has been refused classification by the Classification Board. There will be a 12-month implementation process before the filter is switched on.
www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/attempt-to-censor-child-porn-violence-against-woman-bestiality-and-other-offensive-material-on-internet/story-e6frgakx-1225810746193Also see:Net censorship move a smokescreen: expert
One of Australia’s top communications experts says the Government’s internet censorship trials were designed to succeed from the outset, presented no new information and are now being used by the Government to further its political agenda.His comments came after Communications Minister Stephen Conroy yesterday announced he would introduce legislation before next year’s elections forcing ISPs to block a secret blacklist of “refused classification” (RC) websites for all Australian internet users.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/net-censorship-move-a-smokescreen-expert-20091216-kw7d.html
http://www.watoday.com.au/technology/technology-news/net-censorship-move-a-smokescreen-expert-20091216-kw7d.html
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/technology/technology-news/net-censorship-move-a-smokescreen-expert-20091216-kw7d.html
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/net-censorship-move-a-smokescreen-expert-20091216-kw7d.htmlConroy’s Clean Feed Won’t Block Child P*rn
Stephen Conroy’s clean feed report was released yesterday and at first glance, it doesn’t make a strong case for the technical feasibility of net filtering, writes Mark NewtonIn the end, it took Senator Stephen Conroy and the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy a whole year to manage a six-week trial of ISP-level filtering.
http://newmatilda.com/2009/12/16/conroys-clean-feed-wont-blockConstitution opened filter door: Expert
Australia’s lack of constitutionally guaranteed rights made a much higher level of censorship possible in Australia than in other democracies, constitutional law expert Professor George Williams said today.”Australia does not have a Bill of Rights which protects free speech at a federal level,” said Williams, the Anthony Mason Professor of law at the University of New South Wales. “We don’t have the protections that they have in every other democratic country.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/communications/soa/Constitution-opened-filter-door-Expert/0,130061791,339300085,00.htmComment: Internet filter laws need urgent public debate by Associate Professor Bjorn Landfeldt
Yesterday’s announcement by Senator Stephen Conroy that the Government will push forward with legislation of mandatory internet filtering came as no surprise.All the twists and turns in the process so far have pointed in this direction.
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/internet-filter-laws-need-urgent-public-debate-20091216-kwdk.html
http://www.watoday.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/internet-filter-laws-need-urgent-public-debate-20091216-kwdk.html
http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/internet-filter-laws-need-urgent-public-debate-20091216-kwdk.html
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/internet-filter-laws-need-urgent-public-debate-20091216-kwdk.htmlGreens, EFA critical of ISP filtering plans
The chorus of voices critiquing the Federal Government’s mandatory ISP-level filtering plans has grown larger with the Greens and Electronic Frontiers Australia joining the likes of the Federal Opposition and Google in opposing the filter.Greens communications spokesperson, senator Scott Ludlam said in a statement that the party was “deeply concerned” about the Federal Government’s intention to plough ahead on ISP level filtering.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/330036/

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